Health managers are being urged to raise awareness of cancer prevention messages among different ethnic groups.

The call comes after research by the National Cancer Intelligence Network and Cancer Research UK found that the risk of developing some cancers was greatly increased in different minority groups.

A report on cancer incidence and ethnicity claims that black people are nearly twice as likely as white people to get stomach cancer, and black men are up to three times more likely to get prostate cancer than their white counterparts.

The report, which looked at all cases of cancer diagnosed in England between 2002 and 2006, also identified an increased risk among black people of developing myeloma and found that Asian women were 80 per cent more like to get mouth cancer than white women.

It is hoped the report will be used to inform ethnic communities about specific health messages regarding the signs and symptoms of cancer.

Professor David Forman, information lead for the NCIN, said: “The reasons could mainly be genetic, but we think that lifestyle factors could have a role to play.

“We now need more research to understand why these differences exist and to begin to tackle these inequalities.”